Yoshiyuki Yoshida

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Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Born (1974-05-10) May 10, 1974 (age 43)
Tokyo, Japan
Native name 吉田善行
Other names Zenko
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 167 lb (76 kg; 11.9 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)
Fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Team Tokyo Yellow Mans
Jackson's Submission Fighting
Rank      4th Dan Black Belt in Judo
Years active 2005–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 27
Wins 18
By knockout 8
By submission 6
By decision 3
By disqualification 1
Losses 9
By knockout 3
By decision 6
University Tokyo Gakugei University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 17, 2012

Yoshiyuki Yoshida (吉田善行, Yoshida Yoshiyuki) (born May 10, 1974) is a Japanese mixed martial artist competing in the welterweight division. A student of former Shooto competitor Noboru Asahi,[1] he has competed in Shooto, Cage Force, and the UFC. On December 1, 2007, he became the first Cage Force welterweight tournament winner.


Early career[edit]

In 2007, Yoshida was entered into a Cage Force welterweight tournament sponsored by the Worldwide Cage Network. In the opening round of the tournament, Yoshida defeated two-time interim Pancrase champion Katsuya Inoue by knockout. He went on to defeat Matt Cain in the quarterfinals and former Shooto champion Akira Kikuchi in the semi-finals of the tournament. In the finals, Yoshida defeated Dan Hardy by disqualification after being struck by a kick to the groin, becoming the first Cage Force welterweight tournament winner.[2]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After the tournament's closing, Yoshida was offered a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It was originally speculated that the winners of the Cage Force tournaments were to be selected to compete in the UFC's active roster.[3] Yoshida made his debut in the UFC at UFC 84, choking The Ultimate Fighter 6 contestant Jon Koppenhaver unconscious by Anaconda choke submission. He was scheduled to meet Karo Parisyan in September at UFC 88 but Parisyan pulled out of the bout only two hours before the weigh-ins citing an injury. Yoshida then faced Josh Koscheck at UFC: Fight for the Troops on December 10, 2008, a fight which he lost by 1st round knockout. Unfortunately for Yoshida, the first knockout punch from Koscheck occurred with Yoshida's back against the cage, preventing Yoshida from falling down, allowing Koscheck to land another devastating haymaker on Yoshida's jaw, sending him crashing to the canvas in a motionless heap. UFC reported, "Yoshida, who remained on the canvas while being tended to by commission doctors, was removed from the Octagon on a stretcher as a precautionary measure. He was later treated and released from a local hospital for a concussion".

Yoshida then fought Brandon Wolff at UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida on May 23, 2009 and won the bout by guillotine choke in the first round.

Yoshida's fought against Anthony Johnson at UFC 104.[4] The fight became a catchweight bout of 176 when Johnson missed weight by six pounds, Yoshida (weighed in at 170 lb) agreed to fight at catchweight. Yoshida lost by first round TKO.

Yoshida then faced Mike Guymon on May 8, 2010 at UFC 113.[5] Yoshida lost to Guymon by unanimous decision, losing all three rounds.

After losing to Guymon and dropping his UFC record to 2-3, Yoshida was released from the UFC.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

Yoshida made his debut for Bellator Fighting Championships on September 30, 2010 against Chris Lozano.[6] He lost via corner stoppage between rounds 2 and 3 due to a severely swollen eye.

ONE Championship[edit]

On July 18 it was announced that Yoshida would be facing Pride FC, Elite XC, Strikeforce and UFC veteran Phil Baroni at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on September 3.[7] He won the fight via unanimous decision.


Yoshida was expected to face Nate Marquardt in the main event of BAMMA 9 to determine an Inaugural World Welterweight Champion. However, on January 13, 2012, Marquardt was released from his contract with BAMMA officially due to the promotion pushing back BAMMA 9, and therefore his promotional debut, to March 24, 2012. Sources close to the situation believe that the release was due to the promotion not being able to afford the fighter's contract.

Titan Fighting Championship[edit]

Yoshida was expected make his Titan Fighting Championships debut against Mike Ricci for the vacant Titan FC Lightweight Championship at Titan FC 31 on October 31, 2014. However, Ricci failed to make weight prior to the fight. Both men agreed to fight in a non-title 157 lb catchweight fight instead.[8] However, Titan FC's Chief Operating Officer, Lex McMahon, announced that Yoshida was refusing to fight just hours before the event, forcing the cancellation of the fight entirely. Yoshida was immediately released from the promotion.[9]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–9 Yoshiyuki Katahira Decision (split) Deep: Cage Impact 2016: Deep vs. WSOF-GC December 17, 2016 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–8 Kimihiro Eto TKO (punches) Deep: 73 Impact October 17, 2015 3 2:19 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 17–8 Kota Shimoishi Decision (unanimous) Deep: Osaka Impact 2015 April 29, 2015 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 17–7 Satoru Kitaoka Decision (unanimous) Deep - Dream Impact 2014: Omisoka Special December 31, 2014 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan For Deep Lightweight Title
Win 17–6 Shigetoshi Iwase Decision (unanimous) Deep: 65 Impact March 22, 2014 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–6 Won Sik Park Submission (rear-naked choke) DEEP: Cage Impact 2013 November 24, 2013 2 4:46 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–6 Niko Puhakka Submission (guillotine choke) Fight Festival 32 October 13, 2012 3 N/A Helsinki, Finland
Win 14–6 Jeremy Hamilton Submission (rear-naked choke) CFX 33: Minnesota vs. Japan March 28, 2012 2 3:37 Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
Win 13–6 Phil Baroni Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship 1: Champion vs. Champion September 3, 2011 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 12–6 Ferrid Kheder TKO (punches) Fighting Marcou Arena 2 July 17, 2011 1 3:44 Herault, France
Loss 11–6 Chris Lozano TKO (corner stoppage) Bellator 31 September 30, 2010 2 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Loss 11–5 Mike Guymon Decision (unanimous) UFC 113 May 8, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 11–4 Anthony Johnson TKO (punches) UFC 104 October 24, 2009 1 0:41 Los Angeles, California, United States 176 lb. catchweight bout
Win 11–3 Brandon Wolff Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 98 May 23, 2009 1 2:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–3 Josh Koscheck KO (punch) UFC: Fight for the Troops December 10, 2008 1 2:15 Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Win 10–2 War Machine Technical Submission (anaconda choke) UFC 84 May 24, 2008 1 0:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2 Dan Hardy DQ (accidental kick to the groin) GCM: Cage Force 5 December 1, 2007 2 0:04 Tokyo, Japan GCM welterweight final
Win 8–2 Akira Kikuchi TKO (elbows) GCM: Cage Force 4 September 8, 2007 1 4:33 Tokyo, Japan GCM welterweight semi-final
Win 7–2 Matt Cain TKO (punches) GCM: Cage Force EX Eastern Bound May 27, 2007 1 2:59 Tokyo, Japan GCM welterweight quarter-final
Win 6–2 Katsuya Inoue KO (punches) GCM: Cage Force 2 March 17, 2007 1 1:45 Tokyo, Japan GCM welterweight qualifier
Win 5–2 Asato Hashimoto TKO (elbow injury) GCM: Cage Force 1 November 25, 2006 1 0:35 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–2 Hossein Ojaghi Submission (armbar) GCM: D.O.G. 7 September 9, 2006 2 3:36 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–2 Luis Santos TKO (corner stoppage) Kokoro: Kill Or Be Killed August 15, 2006 1 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–2 Mindaugas Smirnovas TKO (punches) Shooto: 3/24 in Korakuen Hall March 24, 2006 1 4:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–2 Keita Nakamura Technical Decision (majority) Shooto: 12/17 in Shinjuku Face December 17, 2005 2 4:06 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–1 Yoshitaro Niimi Decision (majority) Shooto: Shooter's Summer July 14, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Akihiro Yamazaki Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 2/6 in Kitazawa Town Hall February 6, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Breen, Jordan (2007-05-24). "Koubousen Companion: Japan News". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  2. ^ Loiseleur, Tony (2007-12-01). "Oumakhanov Claims Cage Force Tourney". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2007-12-02. He fought Karo Parisyan at UFC 88. 
  3. ^ Breen, Jordan (2008-01-11). "Yoshiyuki Yoshida to UFC". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  4. ^ Dan Stupp. "Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida slated for UFC 104 in Los Angeles". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on July 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ "YOSHIDA VS GUYMON ADDED TO UFC 113 PRELIMS (UPDATED)". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Yoshida vs Lozano In The Works For Bellator 31". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  7. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Baroni-Yoshida-Gregor-Gracie-Added-to-One-FCs-Sept-3-Debut-34093
  8. ^ "Mike Ricci misses weight and loses Titan FC title shot". dococtagon.com. 2014-10-30. 
  9. ^ "Yoshiyuki Yoshida withdraws from title fight with Mike Ricci, subsequently released by Titan FC". mmafighting.com. 2014-10-31. 

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